Finding time today to create a sanctuary for flexible focus can feel heavenly! Take a few steps to cultivate this open focus right now. It can be accomplished in a few minutes, and it will always repay you richly!
What is your reward? Increasing your concentration while keeping nimble on your feet!
If you find it hard to focus, you’ll be delighted by the enormous surge in energy you’ll experience as you develop single-minded attention!
The secret to success is to create the ideal inner sanctuary for growing your focus. Once you’ve made it for yourself, you can take this haven anywhere. And you’ll be amazed by how quickly you can regain your balance and stay productive, even when life sends you spinning! Here’s one idea …
How to ENVISION your sanctuary for flexible focus.
Invite ALL of your senses to participate in imagining your ideal sanctuary.
- Open focus thrives when you broaden your perceptions to include your “centering sounds” – perhaps soft music or nature recordings – whatever works best for you.
- Are there fragrances that encourage your relaxed alertness? Include them.
- Clear clutter from your range of vision, too. Then, it’s much easier to go within.
How exactly do you visualize a nurturing space for flexible focus?
Well, how about envisioning this sanctuary as a walled garden? The beautiful wall you imagine ringing your garden protects the time you’ll devote to your project. Whether it’s a mossy stone wall, or a picket fence with climbing roses, it’s high enough to block out trivial distractions. But it’s also low enough let you see everything you need to tune into.
In practice, you can certainly make concrete adjustments to your environment that can support this sanctuary that supports you. Some will help you concentrate, and others will help you broaden your scope.
For example, the background sounds you select may help screen out street noise. But you might need assistance to keep your focus – and your body – from becoming rigid! So a timer can remind you to take periodic breaks. Or you may screen your calls to keep on track. But to keep from getting locked into a fixed mindset, you might ask someone you trust to review your project partway through, to provide a fresh overview.
In the same way that a garden matures, your understanding of what you need to have in place to be both focused and flexible matures with time, too.
Experience helps you decide just how high to build your garden wall for each project. So develop this skill by creating these mini-sanctuaries every day. Maintain a friendly spirit, and you’ll come to enjoy these experiments!